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Teacher Resources

The Cary Library provides a variety of services to support the curriculum needs of local teachers, homeschoolers, and their students in PreK – grade 12.  Please feel free to request teacher services by completing the appropriate form for your needs. 

If you are looking for information about a specific item or have questions about your request, please contact the Children’s Room at 781-862-6288 x84430 or the Teen Services Desk at x84440.

Class Visits | Teacher Baskets | Assignment Alerts | Electronic Resources

Class Visits to Cary Library
To request a visit to the library by your class that requires in-depth interaction by library staff, such as a tour, a presentation, or library card registrations for your entire class, please complete the Class Visit Request Form.  Please note, we make every effort to accommodate your request for a class visit, however, we are not always able to do so depending upon room availability, the library’s program schedule, and staff availability for tours or presentations.  We ask that requests for visits be submitted a minimum of two weeks ahead of the requested date.

Class visits to Cary Library may include:

  • A library tour – of the entire library or a small portion of the library
  • A presentation on using library resources, including online library resources and how to search the catalog
  • A presentation on research skills – including, but not limited to, how to cite library sources and primary vs. secondary sources
  • A special storytime just for your students
  • Library card registration for your students
  • A library-themed scavenger hunt
  • Another fun activity we create in collaboration with you around your needs!

Librarian Visits to Your Class
To request a visit from a Youth Services staff member to your classroom, please complete the Class Visit Request Form.  Please note, we make every effort to accommodate the request contingent upon our staff availability.  We ask that requests for visits be made a minimum of two weeks ahead of the requested date.

Librarians are available to visit your class to:

  • Be a Guest reader
  • Teach students about online resources
  • Book talk titles (either of our choosing or around a theme that you provide)
  • Talk about Librarianship as a career
  • Other requests – talk to us about what you’d like!

Teacher Baskets
A collection of library materials can be compiled for classroom use.  Teacher baskets include approximately 10 – 15 library resources which will be checked out to the library card of the requesting teacher for three weeks.  Please complete the Teacher Basket Request Form.  Teacher baskets require a minimum of one week notice.

Teacher basket policy:

  • Teachers must have a valid library card in good standing order to request a teacher basket
  • You must have an email address on your library card
  • Teacher baskets will be provided for any Lexington teacher, Lexington resident who teaches in another district, or a Lexington resident who homeschools
  • There is a maximum of one (1) teacher basket request per week
  • You will receive our standard email notification for holds pick up when your items are ready.
  • Items pulled for teacher baskets must be picked up within one (1) week.
  • A minimum of one (1) week notice is required to assemble a teacher basket, though they may be created faster.
  • Baskets will contain a combination of 10 – 15 fiction and non-fiction titles around the topic requested (unless specific requests are made)

Assignment Alerts and Resource Lists
If a large number of students will be researching the same, or similar, topics the library can create a special collection of “in-library use only” materials that will be set aside for your students use and cannot be checked out of the library.  The Youth Services Department is happy to provide research guides, booklists, and bibliographies to assist student research or other classroom needs.  Please email caryteachers@minlib.net.  We ask that you please give us a minimum of one week’s notice.

Reference Guidance and Readers’ Advisory Services
The Youth Services staff are available during library hours to assist students with finding material for research projects and answering general questions. The Youth Services Department will also provide reader’s advisory services to youth who need to read a specific type of fiction (or nonfiction) for class.

Curriculum Support
The Cary Library purchases books that can be used by students in grades K – 12 to complete research papers and other assignments.  If you find a title that you feel would be appropriate for use by your students, please notify a library staff member or complete the Suggest a Purchase Form and we will consider adding it to our collection. Also, please indicate on the Suggest A Purchase form in the additional information box that you are a teacher, and this would meet the assignment needs for your students.

Please note, due to how our purchasing works, it does take time for us to add titles to our collection.  If this is an immediate need of your students, please speak directly with a library staff member. 

Electronic Resources
Cary Library provides access to a variety of electronic resources.  A valid Cary Library card is needed to most of these resources from outside of the Library.  Please visit the eResources page to find a full list of all electronic resources for youth available at Cary Library, but of particular interest to you for your students:


Scholastic BookFlix is a new interactive literacy resource that builds a love of reading and learning - online! BookFlix pairs classic fictional video storybooks from Weston Woods with nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to reinforce reading skills and develop essential real-world knowledge and understanding.


TrueFlix™ is the only online resource that leverages the award-winning True Books content to help students hone literacy skills, build knowledge of subject-area content, and cultivate 21st Century skills through the inquiry process.


Mango is designed to equip you with conversational abilities from the very start. Whether you're learning how to order a pizza or ask when the game starts, Mango immerses you in real, everyday conversations in 60+ different language courses. English as a Second Language (ESL) courses are taught in fifteen different languages.


We are part of the Minuteman Library Network, a regional consortium of libraries, which provides us with checkout services not only to our own digital books, but also to a large collection of shared digital books.


 Access the Hoopla digital collection

Hoopla offers a broad selection of streaming and downloadable media in your browser or through the Hoopla app for your mobile device. Borrow up to 3 items per calendar month without needing to put anything on hold.



Library Cards for Teachers 
As an employee in the town of Lexington, you are eligible to apply for a Cary Library card if you do not already have a card in the Minuteman Network.  To apply for a card, simply visit Cary Library’s Main Desk, bring a photo ID, proof of address (if your current address is different than when is on your photo ID), and proof of employment in Lexington. If you currently reside in a town served by a Minuteman Library Network library, your library card is valid at Cary Library.